This course is designed to impart the fundamentals required for success in major gift fundraising.
Designed to impart the fundamentals required for success with the major gifts aspect of a development plan, this course covers research and prospect strategies, practical tools for donor cultivation, prospect management and tracking, volunteer involvement and solicitation techniques for major gifts.
Degree(s): Master's degrees in philanthropic studies and public communication
Angela Lane, CFRE, is the chief development officer at Houston Ballet. Prior to this position, she worked at Houston Grand Opera as director of individual giving, and she worked at American National Red Cross in support of disaster fundraising, major gifts and regional fundraising. She holds an MA in philanthropic studies from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis and an MA in public communication from American University.
Chris Kasavich has been a professional fundraiser for 17 years serving in a variety of positions and nonprofit sectors. He began his career in fundraising at Rice University as their first leadership giving officer for annual giving before joining the major gifts team. After several years, he joined the Houston Symphony as director of corporate relations, where he managed a team in engaging and stewarding corporate partners, including securing the largest single corporate sponsor in the organization’s history. Mr. Kasavich joined Baylor College of Medicine as director of annual giving, and during his tenure, he assisted in more than doubling the performance of the annual giving program with no increase in budget. A reduction-in-force added major gifts back to his workload, as well as campaign oversight for both a new Masters of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics program and the Bobby R. Alford Education Center at the McNair Campus. Currently, as senior director of philanthropic resources at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Mr. Kasavich is focused on raising major gifts to support the mission of ending cancer. Chris earned his CFRE in 2009 and graduated with honors from the University of Houston Bauer College of Business with an MBA in 2010. He earned his undergraduate degree from Trinity University in San Antonio. Through AFP, AHP, NACCDO, CASE and the Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University, he has presented seminars and coursework on corporate giving, annual giving, midlevel giving, major and principal gifts, and the recruitment and retention of development officers.